A practical toolkit of strategies for building research capacity in allied health

Janine Matus*, Rachel Wenke, Sharon Mickan

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OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this project were firstly to develop a practical toolkit of evidence-informed strategies for building research capacity in allied health, and secondly to disseminate and apply this toolkit to inform tailored research capacity building plans for allied health teams. 

DESIGN: This project used a plan, do, study, act (PDSA) quality improvement methodology to develop, disseminate and apply a toolkit which was based on the results of a recent systematic review of allied health research capacity building frameworks and a narrative review of other interventions and theoretical recommendations. 

SETTING: Eight allied health professional teams in a publicly funded tertiary health service were supported to develop tailored research capacity building plans based on their specific needs, goals and context. 

MAIN: outcome measures: The outcomes of this project were evaluated using process measures including whether a research capacity building plan was developed and to what extent short-term goals were achieved within three months. 

RESULTS: A practical toolkit was developed which consolidates existing evidence-informed strategies and organises these around three components including 'supporting clinicians in research', 'working together' and 'valuing research for excellence' and 17 sub-components. Several barriers and facilitators to applying the toolkit to teams were identified and this paper suggests some recommendations and future directions for addressing these. 

CONCLUSIONS: This toolkit may be a useful resource to inform the development of team-based research capacity building plans for allied health. The application of the toolkit may be enhanced by a need's assessment and facilitation from a researcher.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberi261
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Health Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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